Aston Villa signing Jordan Veretout talks up fellow arrivals from ligue 1

The 22-year-old midfielder became the club's fourth summer addition from Ligue 1 last week after Idrissa Gueye, Jordan Amavi and Jordan Ayew.

Aston Villa new boy Jordan Veretout has told AVTV that having other players from France join him at the club this summer will make his transition to life in England far easier.

Veretout, 22, signed for Villa from Nantes last week for a reported £7 million fee, having racked up a career-best seven goals and seven assists in 40 appearances for the Ligue 1 outfit last season.

He became the club’s fourth summer signing from the French top-flight after fellow midfielder Idrissa Gueye [Lille, £9 million], left-back Jordan Amavi [Nice, £10 million] and striker Jordan Ayew [Lorient, £8.5 million] and, having faced all three in recent seasons, believes manager Tim Sherwood has done some shrewd business.

“I know these players, I played against them the last two seasons,” he said. “I have played with Jordan Aamvi in the French national teams. I know him well and we get along very well together.

“With regards to Jordan Ayew, I played recently in a friendly against him. He is a very good striker, a very good player.

“With Gueye, I played against him and his Lille team last year. He is a very good midfielder.”

Sherwood, meanwhile, has stressed that Veretout will need some time to adjust following his move to the West Midlands but the France Under-21 international himself believes his aforementioned teammates will prove a big help during the settling in process.

“Yes, of course it will help me,” he added. “But it’s also on me to work on my English.

“I’ll take lessons so I can speak to everyone as soon as possible and I can integrate with everyone.”

A versatile midfielder, Veretout operated as No. 10 for much of last term but also impressed when used in a deeper role, suggesting that he has the all-round skills needed to succeed in the Englsih top-flight.

Already compared to Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey in style, he made his Villa debut in Saturday’s pre-season finale at Nottingham Forest as a second-half substitute but, after looking somewhat sluggish, a starting spot in the weekend’s Premier League opener against Bournemouth is no guarantee.

Nevertheless, having earned rave reviews in France over the past 12 months and been tipped for a first senior international call-up, the expectation is that he will be a regular in Sherwood’s side before long.

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